In the freshly enlarged SOKRATHERM plant Nordhausen, over 200 employees, partners and friends celebrated early November 2012 the company founding 35 years ago in Hiddenhausen and the start of CHP production in Nordhausen 20 years ago. Since 1992, the staff has grown from 6 people in each location to today 20 in Hiddenhausen and 70 in Nordhausen (including trainees).
The three plant halls with CHP units at most various production stages, test benches, buffet and stage formed a suitable frame for the speeches of CEO Hermann Meinhold, Nordhausen’s mayor Matthias Jendricke, the district administrator’s representative Jutta Krauth and Mrs. Wachowiak, the representative of Hiddenhausen’s mayor. After the speeches, the employees handed over a basket with presents which had been produced with heat and power from SOKRATHERM CHP units: A Nivea Creme tin from Beiersdorf, a model bus from EvoBus as well as a gift voucher for a top class hotel in the alps.
Main attraction was the new compact CHP unit with 532 kW electric and 661 kW thermal power, which was checked on the test bench. It reaches an electric efficiency near 40 %, which is already in the range of central power plants. Its total efficiency of nearly 90 %, however, is much higher since it uses the generated heat instead of blowing it into the air via cooling towers as most central coal or nuclear power plants do.
The new CHP unit has been delivered to the customer already and will start the decentral production of heat and power before christmas 2012. Representatives of the customer Stadtwerke Crailsheim were also among the guests and have marked their new CHP unit with their company logo.
Further presentations for the guests were the RemoteManager remonte control and monitoring system which allows for a detailed insight into the CHP unit updated every second by smartphone, notebook or desktop. Another highlight was the new online servicing system which analyzes and sends the customer service reports directly from the CHP unit to the service center.